Reviewed by Carol

I have participated in a number of skincare product trials as well as an FDA dermal filler trial in the past, so I kept a record as soon as I started using the Avitalin Firming Fluid Face and Eye Serum ($55). Before I get into the details, I would like to mention what I think impacts my reactions and results of my trial. I am 62 years old and have taken very good care of my skin my entire life. As my skin has changed with age, I have tried many different brands and types of products to accommodate these changes. Some have worked well, while others have not. Based on my experience, I believe that this serum would be helpful for a much younger woman who is first starting to experience the “signs” of aging. The other Avitalin serum with the growth factors (Avitalin Radiance; $100 in the shop), would probably be more effective and appropriate for a woman my age.

The trial tube of Avitalin lasted about two weeks. I didn’t combine it with any of my other facial serums or eye treatments because I wanted to see how my skin reacted. When I first started the regimen (eyes and face two times a day), I noticed a strong odor that eventually dissipated after the serum was absorbed into my skin. This happened every morning. However, it was not as pronounced in the evening. By Day 3, I noticed that the areas under my right eye as well as around my mouth were becoming increasingly dry. In addition, I started to break out on the upper areas of the cheeks after the nighttime application. These reactions intensified over the next couple of days to the point that I applied the serum exclusively in the evening on my eyes. (The right eye area was slightly red and dry but did not feel irritated.) In spite of this limited application, the right eye became progressively dry for the remainder of the first week and eventually peeled. I stopped applying the serum to my face for a week and then tried again. Again, I broke out after the evening application. I didn’t really see any sense in trying the serum once a day because I thought that even a reduced application would eventually lead to the same reaction. Since I had so little serum left, I decided to focus on my eyes. After the right eye peeled, I decided to apply my nighttime eye moisturizer on top of the serum. That calmed the area down, but it didn’t do anything to improve the wrinkling or the dark circles.

I think that two weeks was a sufficient period of time to determine that this serum was not appropriate for me based on my age and skin sensitivities.

Even though this experience was not a “win” for me, I am still open to testing any of Marta’s new skincare products that are age appropriate.

Thank you for allowing me to participate. I completely support Marta’s efforts to test these products on real people. This is one of the primary reasons I subscribe to her newsletter and read and consider her product reviews seriously as well as those of her readers.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, Rosa damascena (rose) distillate, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, phospholipids, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, acetyl hexapeptide-8, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, stearic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Salix nigra (black willowbark) extract, fragrance (essential oils)